'Britain was our home': Helping Years 9, 10, and 11 to understand the black experience of the Second World War

Teaching History article

By Helena Stride, published 31st August 2003

In this article, Helena Stride shows how the Imperial War Museum responded to criticism that insufficient attention had been paid to the contribution of black and Asian people to Britain’s wars. She focuses on one of two resource-packs produced by the Museum, which highlights the experience of Britain’s colonial peoples, both in Britain itself and within the Empire. She demonstrates how the pack might be used with students at Key Stages 3 and GCSE, and emphasises above all the need to integrate its material into a sequence of lessons. Even such a brief survey highlights the enormous potential of the available material to challenge conventional views of Britain’s twentieth-century wars.

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